Daily Haiku: July 18 through July 24

Greetings Loyal Readers and Followers:

From time to time, I select guest poets who have been writing haiku industriously, and I run their work the whole week.

This week (through Sunday, July 24th), my featured Guest Poet is John Wisdom, a longtime haikuist.

Wisdom says:
I don’t consciously write for beginners or advanced writers of haiku. I try for the beauty of the language to fill both missions. I am also big on “openness” to allow the reader to “co-create” as an active participant. Hence, I try to be empathic to my readers’ interpretations and allow them to be an integral part of the moment.

One of the methods I use in haiku is to mouth my words aloud, as well as take advantage of as many literary devices as I can.


I hope all of you enjoy and learn from Wisdom’s beautiful haiku with exquisite imagery. Please read and re-read each haiku during this week to fully appreciate and learn from them.

wind-blown sky
a dragonfly’s grip
on the clothes line

The Heron’s Nest


summer’s end
a boat lies sideways
on drifting sand

Modern Haiku


morning tea
a warbler’s song drifts
through a wind-chime

The Heron’s Nest


rainless days
one grape on a vine

The Heron’s Nest


windless night
a ripe tomato drops
from the vine


The Heron’s Nest


gathering light
a rainbow of colours
on the pigeon’s neck


Modern Haiku


morning mist
a porcupine shakes
its quills


Modern Haiku


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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7 Responses to Daily Haiku: July 18 through July 24

  1. madhuri says:

    Love John’s work!

  2. dornahainds says:

    There are few absolutes in this world, but I must say that these Haiku, these words, yours are absolutely exquisite, timeless and exceptionally fine.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    I love the mood and music in John’s fine haiku.

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